UN climate fund falls short of $10 billion target

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 12:24 a.m.

BERLIN -- A UN fund that will help poor countries tackle climate change has fallen short, for now, of its target of collecting $10 billion, officials said Thursday.

About 30 countries meeting in Berlin pledged a total of $9.3 billion toward the Green Climate Fund, according to Germany's development ministry, which co-hosted the conference.

Video with ‘Pinoy’ beheading Syrians, American being checked

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 07:05 p.m.

THE Philippine military and other law enforcement authorities have been verifying the authenticity of a video showing an alleged Filipino national as one of the members of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) who beheaded 18 Syrian soldiers and an American, a Palace official said Thursday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has no confirmed report of ISIS recruitment in the Philippines.

WHO: Ebola transmission 'intense' in Sierra Leone

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 06:32 p.m.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone -- The World Health Organization (WHO) said the transmission of Ebola remains "intense" and widespread in Sierra Leone, even as some improvements are being seen in the two other countries worst hit by the crisis.

Nearly 200 new cases were confirmed in Sierra Leone's capital in a recent one-week period.

4 dead, 30 missing in Nepal as bus falls in river

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 06:24 p.m.

KATMANDU, Nepal -- A bus has plunged into a river in western Nepal, killing at least four people and leaving more than 30 others missing.

Police said the bus drove about 50 meters (160 feet) off the road and plunged into the Bheri river near Bhur village, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of the capital, Katmandu.

Yolanda housing project in Cebu town bidded out

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 06:06 p.m.

VICE President Jejomar Binay said Thursday that the government has already bidded out the contract for the construction of 200 houses for families in Tabuelan, Cebu who lost their homes to Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last year.

In an interview after his meeting with Tabuelan local officials, the Vice President said the bidding was conducted on Wednesday.

Aquino may certify as urgent passage of P23B supplemental budget

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 06:00 p.m.

BUDGET Secretary Florencio Abad will recommend to President Benigno Aquino III to certify as urgent the passage of the P23-billion proposed supplemental budget, a Palace official said Thursday.

"The DBM (Department of Budget and Management) has already submitted the proposal to Congress and once it is filed, Secretary Abad said he will recommend to the President that the measure be certified as urgent," said Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in a regular press briefing in Malacanang.

DOH: Pinoy seafarer cleared of Ebola

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 05:45 p.m.

THE Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday that there remains no Filipino being afflicted of the dreaded Ebola virus disease (EVD) either in the country or overseas.

In an interview, DOH spokesperson Dr. Lyndon Lee Suy related that the finding of the Filipino seafarer on board a Greek-flagged ship being negative of Ebola means there is no Philippine national that has acquired the virus.

Yahoo replaces Google as Firefox's default search

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 05:36 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo will supplant Google's search engine on Firefox's Web browser in the US, signaling Yahoo's resolve to regain some of the ground that it has lost in the most lucrative part of the Internet's ad market.

9 convicted for Ozone disco fire

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 05:24 p.m.

MANILA (3rd Update) -- The anti-graft court convicted nine people for graft Thursday over a 1996 nightclub fire that killed 162 people, mostly students celebrating the end of the school year.

Convicted by the Sandiganbayan fifth division were seven former city engineering officials of Quezon City and two operators of the Ozone disco.

CBCP raising funds for Papal visit

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 05:13 p.m.

THE Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines is raising funds to defray the cost of the visit of Pope Francis to the country next year.

Fr. Marvin Mejia, CBCP secretary, said that though the local Catholic Church and national government will jointly shoulder the cost of the Apostolic Pastoral Visit of Pope Francis on January 15-19, they are open to accepting donations from various sectors.

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